When Communities Lead: How Lessons from Senegal Inform Democracy at Home
Lizzie Kountze, Tostan
Participatory, inclusive, and community-led approaches to achieve change are driving unprecedented results on ending harmful practices and creating better futures for rural communities in West Africa.. Replacing the narratives that prevent dignified development for all with methodologies built upon the importance of community design, Biirima Fall of Senegal and Karen Mercaldo of San Diego will interview one another on how to break down imaginary barriers among practitioners, philanthropists and beneficiaries so they may align for good. Tostan’s participatory, community-first methodologies have led more than 20,000 women to rise into leadership (including in elected roles) and more than 8,400 communities to abandon child marriage and female genital cutting. Tostan has trained more than 330 influential African civil society leaders at the Tostan Training Center, in Thies, Senegal. Through humankind, Karen Mercaldo fosters values deliberation through dialogue in the San Diego/ Tijuana region in an effort to foster more democratic inclusion and understanding.
Africa, change, civic engagement, community, dialogue, US, Women's Empowerment
Interview / Debate
Birima Fall, Tostan Training Center, Tostan Karen Mercaldo, Humankind, C-Cubed, the Gem Foundation
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